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Gov loosens data grip, tech companies given go-ahead for better transparency

Gov loosens data grip, tech companies given go-ahead for better transparency

As NSA-related news continued to surface, consumers demanded transparency and tech companies felt the heat. Bound on one end by the government and hounded on the other by users, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and similar formed a coalition to reform government surveillance, all the while seeking permission to increase the numbers it is allowed to publish. A legal battle was ignited, and today the Department of Justice announced a settlement of sorts.

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Facebook cold storage efforts lead to petabyte Blu-ray system

Facebook cold storage efforts lead to petabyte Blu-ray system

In a world filled with storage options, there's still no perfect solution to long-term cold storage for corporations and those who need to archive data for the long haul. Facebook has been making strides in this area, and revealed in 2013 that Blu-ray discs were one area of focus. Fast-forward to this year's Open Compute Summit, where the social network has detailed the fruits of its efforts.

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NSA received demonstration on real-time Internet spying from UK’s GCHQ

NSA received demonstration on real-time Internet spying from UK’s GCHQ

NBC News has released some new information from documents it acquired via Edward Snowden, the media company has announced. According to the documents, which NBC has largely made available on its website, the NSA received a demonstration on real-time spying of Internet traffic via the United Kingdom's GCHQ spy agency, specifically a division called Global Telecoms Exploitation.

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Princeton researchers predict Facebook’s demise: data strikes back

Princeton researchers predict Facebook’s demise: data strikes back

In a research paper published on the 17th of January, 2014, several Princeton researchers found the end of Facebook's popularity to be taking place within the next few years. Using a model in which they track the popularity of MySpace based on the term - the name of the brand - appearing in Google a number of times over the past decade. This Princeton paper saw it fit to extrapolate a direct correlation between Facebook (the word)'s popularity on Google and the possibility that the network itself may be taking a dive.

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Facebook Trending brings popular topics to light, rolling out now

Facebook Trending brings popular topics to light, rolling out now

Following the inclusion of hashtags, Facebook began testing a Trending box during the late summer last year, showing popular topics in the upper corner of one's account much in the same way the aforementioned microblogging site does. Fast-forward a handful of months, and Facebook has now begun rolling the new feature out in certain (yet unspecified) countries, while mobile users will have to keep waiting as testing is still underway.

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Facebook app collection tipped for 2014

Facebook app collection tipped for 2014

Facebook is working on a suite of mobile apps for release in 2014, insiders at the social network claim, breaking out key features and effectively turning them into standalone software much in the manner of Facebook Messenger. The scheme, which is billed as recognition that Android and iOS users prefer task-specific apps rather than a do-all title that can be confusing, will include the rumored "Facebook Paper" news app with Mark Zuckerberg's appearance at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona next month potentially where one or more titles could be unveiled.

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Facebook Paper news app could challenge Flipboard this month

Facebook Paper news app could challenge Flipboard this month

Facebook could launch a Flipboard-rivaling news reader before the end of January 2014, insiders claim, believed to be called Facebook Paper and aiming to bring shared and aggregated stories to smartphone and tablet users. The service - which could be either a standalone app or a mobile-centric site, sources say - has been long-rumored, and is believed to be an attempt by the social network to better monetize its mobile user-base as well as increase engagement.

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